In two separate incidents in Barrow County this past week, two dogs and an adult and child escaped home fires.
At 4:46 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services received several 911 calls reporting smoke and fire showing from a home in the 900 block of Justin Drive. Engine 1, Engine 6, Med 6 and Battalion 1 were dispatched to the incident.
“Upon arrival of firefighters, smoke was showing throughout the home with flames visible in the kitchen area of the home,” Lt. Scott Dakin, public information officer, said in a news release. “Firefighters quickly made access to the home to conduct a search and extinguish the fire.”
While conducting a search of the house, firefighters found two dogs still in the home. Firefighters were able to safely remove both dogs. One dog was covered in soot and had some difficulty breathing. Firefighters used a mask designed for dogs to give the dog oxygen to clear its lungs of smoke.
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Firefighters were also able to bring the fire quickly under control and contain it to the area where the fire started. Two adults were displaced from the home as a result of the smoke damage to the house. The American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Investigation Team and the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office.
Just before 1:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, communication officers received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the 600 block of Ode Peppers Road.
“Firefighters responded and found heavy fire conditions in the back of the house,” Battalion Chief Mike Stoops said in a news release. “The resident of the home had already exited the house safely prior to our arrival.”
Engine 3, Ladder Truck 7, Med 3, Med 7 and Battalion 1 responded to the incident. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and were able to quickly bring the fire under control. The house suffered extensive damage from the fire and smoke, and one adult and one child were displaced as a result. The American Red Cross responded to assist the family. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire investigation team.